Pros And Cons Of Muckrakers

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Mercer 1 Erik Mercer American History: 1820-1920 Dr. Miller March 12, 2012 Final Exam Muckrakers: Muckrackers were a type of journalist who wrote about scandals and other corrupt or unjust systems or companies with the hope of reform. Muckrakers would write truthful reports to raise awareness by the public so that whatever it is that they were writing about would start having more attention paid to them. This often led to the company to change it’s ways, which was the goal of this type of journalist. One of the most famous Muckrakers in American history is Upton Sinclair who wrote The Jungle in 1906. This book exposed the corruption of the American meatpacking industry during the early nineteen hundreds. Sinclair spent several weeks…show more content…
How did each war fundamentally change the United States? Be specific. The Spanish American War and World War I have very similar beginnings. In both wars, the United States did not voluntarily join the wars. In both cases, the people Mercer 4 involved sought their help. In the Spanish American war, the patriots were demanding independence from their Spanish rule which made the relationship between Spain and the United States very rocky during this time. The Spanish government was treating their people terribly and the United States wanted a world that was safe for democracy. World War I because Germany was station unauthorized submarines off of U.S. east coast and sinking all ships, even ships that were not intended to aid their allies who were fighting against Germany. The final straw for the United States was when a German submarine sank the Lusitania, which was a British transport ship, not even a ship carrying supplies. This killed 1195 innocent people which is absolutely outrageous and caused America to join the war efforts directly. The United States also joined the Spanish American war because public belief supported the idea that Spain had sank the U.S. battleship Maine and killed 260 men. These are two similarities on how both of these wars began. Another similarity were the discovery of the Zimmerman telegram and the de Lome letter which were both messages sent by the enemies that…show more content…
was considered a world power and started facing problems that it currently faces. The war caused America to be one of the most highly industrialized countries during this time and caused nationwide prosperity and growth which led to one of the biggest social changes in American history because previous to the war, the working class was continually unhappy, and this industrial boom and ending of the war led to the roaring 20’s as historians refer to it. This was a time comparable to the “Golden Age” where there were innumerable amounts of technological advances, and discoveries that made life easier and more
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